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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160529876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605298764
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Debby Herbenick's book with the great title Because It Feels Good offers a wealth of basics for anyone returning to or embarking on what America has demonized far too long: sex for the sake of pleasure."--Betty Dodson PhD, author of Sex for One and Orgasms for Two

"Loving your body isn't just about looking good--it's about feeling good. This book humorously and directly demystifies the path to personal pleasure in a way that every woman can understand." -- Nancy Redd, New York Times bestselling author of Body Drama

"Debby Herbenick is the worldly, wise, warm, witty, daring, caring older sister we all wish we'd had. She's hip to the latest toys and trends, but she doesn't overlook the timeless essentials: good communication, basic anatomy, and olive oil. See ya later, Dr. Ruth."--Mary Roach, author of Bonk and Stiff

"Your sexual history is so much more than a number, it's who you are and what you bring to your experiences. With her empathetic approach and unquestionable knowledge, Debby Herbenick has written an empowering guide that will enable women to make sexual history."--Ian Kerner, sexuality counselor and author of She Comes First.

"What a phenomenal resource, grounded in the best sexuality research and beautifully written! The practical and creative suggestions make clear that even very small changes in our lives can go a long way towards enhancing sexual pleasure."--Judy Norsigian, Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves organization

"Fun and informative, Because It Feels Good is packed with suggestions to help couples to enhance their sensual and sexual experiences. A must-read for all women who want to feel good about themselves and their relationships."--Beverly Whipple, Ph.D, RN, FAAN, co-author of The G Spot

"Dr. Debby Herbenick helpfully addresses the full scope of women's common sexual concerns, focusing on communication and creativity. This is how sexuality education should be delivered-- with fun, style, joy, and expertise! Highly recommended."--June M. Reinisch, Ph.D., Director Emeritus & Senior Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute

"No two women are the same in terms of their sexuality. It is important for each woman to find out what is right for her. Debby Herbenick's excellent book will help women to do that."
-- John Bancroft, M.D., author of Human Sexuality and Its Problems

About the Author

DEBBY HERBENICK, PHD, MPH, is a research scientist and lecturer at Indiana University and coordinator of the Kinsey Institute Sexuality Information Service for Students (KISISS). She writes weekly and monthly sex advice columns for newspapers and magazines including Men’s Health and Time Out Chicago. She is often called upon as a sex expert by various media from the Today show and Discovery Health to the New York Times. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Customer Reviews

It made me feel sexier too because now I feel like I can go out and have better sex!
holly
It's well written, easy to read, has great diagrams, fun quizzes at the start of every chapter and - best of all - the information is GREAT.
Julie
Reading this book has allowed me to become "intimate" with my own body and what makes it work, and HOW and why things give pleasure.
Pamela B.

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Julie on March 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Although a newer sex book, it is already my favorite sex book to recommend (I work as a sex educator for adults). It's well written, easy to read, has great diagrams, fun quizzes at the start of every chapter and - best of all - the information is GREAT. It's right on, it's accurate and written by someone who totally knows what she is talking about.

A major frustration of mine is that a lot of sex books are written by random people who don't know what they're talking about but act like they do. These are the same people who wind up doing things that their partners find unpleasurable but they do them because they read it in a book or magazine (that was wrong!). FINALLY - a book written by an expert who is fun, smart, and clearly loves sex! Dr. Debby writes about sex the way it should be written about - like it's fun and something we can learn to find pleasurable, exciting and connecting with our partners.

This is the kind of book that you will read over and over again, or refer to when you want more tips on sex toys, vibrators, lubricants, how to talk to your partner about sex, how to talk with your partner *during* sex, how to kick your desire back into higher (or at least decent) gear, and how to have a healthy enough life that it spills over into your sex life.

I recommend this book all the time to women and couples. It's a gold mine of information and encouragement and sure to make your sex life better (even if you don't have a partner). Enjoy!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pamela B. on September 17, 2011
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I highly recommend this book to any generation, but most particularly to MY generation, the Zooomer (the 50 plus) woman. We were raised with so little information about our own sexuality by our mothers that, for me personally, I did not have my sexual awakening until I was in my 50's. I was married for over 30 years and only a handful of times did I experience pleasure, but an orgasm? never! I thought something was wrong with me, very seriously wrong. I talked to an OBGYN who thankfully was from Europe and very open and she recommended reading material to me. I found that I was not as educated about my own body as I thought. It took an intimate experience after my separation, with someone I had known and not been in touch with for over 40 years, to discover what "love making", not SEX, was all about and how pleasurable and wonderful it could be with someone you are compatible with. Compatibility is important but more than that I found out that yes, body chemistry plays an intrinsic role in the pleasure factor. When you make love you do so not just with your body, then it's just Sex, but with your whole being: body, mind, soul and spirit. My lover is also a very good listener and very tuned into what works for me and I found that I actually, finally also enjoyed pleasuring him, an experience I never really had.
Reading this book has allowed me to become "intimate" with my own body and what makes it work, and HOW and why things give pleasure. I feel like I have finally found that "secret" I have been searching for all my life.... in my Lover and in this book. That emptiness that was in my life has now been filled, and we both have a very vigourous and active sex life and hope to until we are both very, very old.... I highly recommend this book to a generation of women who were never told, that making love was something enjoyable and not just to be endured!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Premolardoc on June 26, 2011
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What an amazing book. I thought I was a hopeless case. The way the media portrays sex doesn't seem right, but boring vanilla sex doesn't either. Sometimes you just want it to be hot, but how? This book helps you find all the delicious wonderful things to your sensory palette so you can find out more about you (sexually). What feels good to you? Many people do not know. Most people are out of touch with what they like and go along with someone else's ideal. They think they must like what the pornos are showing or the movies are showing, ultimately its not that clear cut. We are all unique. Some women are more aggressive than what the feminine ideal portrays, some men are more sensitive than they'd like to admit. By the way, I think this book should be read by all women and men in relationships or who are trying to improve their sex lives. Men can surely benefit from this book!! Also a very interesting part in the beginning of the book about saying NO to sex you do not want, and waiting for the moments/opportunities that you do want. That really hit home for me. Thats how a bad cycle or bad sex begins, but letting something continue in ways you do not want and enforcing those feelings of dissatisfaction. Keep in mind, many people have undiagnosed sexual dysfunctions too. You might feel you are broken, or that nothing ever feels good. Your drive may be to high or too low. Other issues or traumas from any stage of life can affect you sexually. She gives excellent resources to get help and therapy too. There are so many great ideas and methods in her book to discover (finally) your true sexual self!!! This book really cheered me up. It made me want to have sex again.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Raylene Taskoski on January 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a Pure Romance consultant, I've had the opportunity to meet Debby a few times and I've seen how seriously she takes sexual education. When you are trying to learn more about womens sexual health, there are so many books available that mask themselves as "education" but are really nothing more than erotica and provide nothing of facts and figures and reasons. This is not the case with this book!

"Because It Feels Good: A Womens Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction" is written just like Debby is speaking to you: with confidence, with facts, with humor and with that bit that says 'I'm telling you this for your own good. You need to know this.' It feels like advice from a best friend, a really smart educated classy best friend that you look up to and would go to for advice.
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More About the Author

Dr. Debby Herbenick is the author of six books, an Associate Professor at Indiana University, sexual health educator and research fellow at The Kinsey Institute, and a widely read sex columnist. Her newest book is The Coregasm Workout (Seal Press), currently available for pre-order.

Her previous books include: Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction (2009), Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva (2011), Great in Bed (2012) and Sex Made Easy (2012). She is also the author of a children's book for all ages, a fanciful love story between a big strong bull and a butterfly titled "The I Love You More Book" (2011).

Dr. Herbenick is the Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the School of Public Health at Indiana University (IU) where she is an Associate Professor. She has published more than 90 scientific articles about sex and is one of the lead scientists behind the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, the largest nationally representative studies of sex in America.

She is also a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction where she writes (and hosts audio podcasts of) the Kinsey Confidential column. Debby has a PhD in Health Behavior from IU, a Master's degree in Public Health Education (also from IU) and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, she is certified as a Sexuality Educator from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Herbenick is also the president-elect of AASECT.

Dr. Herbenick is the founder and Editor in Chief of MySexProfessor.com, one of the first blogs about sex written by a scientist. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level human sexuality classes and lectures on a wide range of sexuality and relationship topics. In addition, Debby has written regular sex columns for Men's Health magazine, Time Out Chicago magazine, Velocity, Cheeky Chicago, PsychologyToday.com, WebMD, and she has also written for Glamour magazine, The Daily Beast, and Gizmodo.

Dr. Herbenick has provided expert opinion about sex and relationships for writers and producers of print and broadcast media including Katie, Tyra, The Doctors, the Today Show, Discovery Health, Sirius Satellite Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, LA Times, The Times (UK), The Guardian, The Atlantic, and every major women's and men's magazine including Men's Health, Women's Health, Cosmo, Glamour, Marie Clare, Elle, Men's Fitness, SELF, Shape, InStyle, and Playboy.

When she's not researching, writing about or teaching about sex, Debby enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out at home with her family and her dog.